Geriatrics at Your Fingertipsby David B. Reuben, Gary W. Small, Todd P. Semla, James T. Pacala, Keela Herr
This guide is small in size and concise in length
From the publishers of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus - the core curriculum that has helped, more than any other resource, to define the field, comes the third edition of Geriatrics At Your Fingertips, a pocket guide to the evaluation and management of diseases and disorders that most commonly affect older persons.
This guide is small in size and concise in length (215 pages)--compact enough to fit within a shirt or coat pocket. The third edition of Geriatrics At Your Fingertips includes a new drug index and an expanded subject index. In addition, the guide contains new content, including chapters on anticoagulation, palliative and end-of-life care, preoperative and perioperative care, and prevention. The revisions of the other chapters include findings from recent research and the most up-to-date information on the care of older adults.
Finally, appendices include a variety of assessment instruments (e.g., ADDLE & IADL, MMSE, agitation scale, etc.) as well as the relevant OBRA regulations concerning the use of benzodiazepine and anti-psychotic drugs in the nursing home. A "must-have" for all clinicians who care for older patients.
Description: This is the fifth edition of the American Geriatrics Society's pocket handbook on geriatric medicine. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to have available, in compact form, a ready reference for helping clinicians caring for older persons make decisions about patient care. It succeeds admirably in doing so.
Audience: This is not a textbook of geriatrics. It says what to do in what circumstances, what to think of, what to give, and in what doses. It presupposes a knowledge of medicine and a working knowledge of caring for older persons. The publication is edited by a panel of the nation's leading experts in geriatric medicine at the behest of the American Geriatrics Society.
Features: This edition is the first that has the option of being downloaded onto a PDA, enhancing the utility of this compact wonder. Its alphabetic pagination makes it a snap to find just what is needed; its index is complete and very helpful. The algorithms, charts, and diagrams are just right.
Assessment: Think of life before the Internet. Think of life in caring for older persons before this pocket wizard. Similar, aren't they? The American Geriatrics Society deserves kudos for orchestrating this handbook in its frequent revisions. The editors and compilers of this handbook likewise deserve our thanks for creating such a handy tool that slips into our coats and, now, our PDAs with such ease and value.
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